Toy Library in Romsey Town

But open to all. Yes, even parents and children from the other side of Mill Road Bridge, in Petersfield!

Merry Go Round Toy Library, based in Ross Street Community Centre, Ross Street, Cambridge CB1 3UZ, have recently opened again.

The volunteers who run the Toy Library asked Mill Road Bridges to help more parents in Romsey and the surrounding areas become aware of what’s on offer. Find out more from their website here: Merry Go Round Toy Library.

Regular opening times are the 1st and 3rd Friday of every month, from 10:00 to 11:15 am.

This regular pattern has had to change, from May to September, as below:

  • Friday 20th May 2022
  • Friday 24th June 2022
  • Friday 8th July 2022
  • Friday 22nd July 2022 (last day of term for many)
  • No sessions in August 2022
  • Friday 2nd September 2022
  • Friday 16th September 2022

The Toy Library is open to all parents/carers across Cambridge, who can bring their kids to play for a bit and/or just turn up to borrow toys. You can browse the Toy Library catalogue here. The slideshow below shows just a small selection of what’s on offer.

As you can see from the catalogue, prices for borrowing are really low. But you will need to use cash, as the Toy Library has not found a way to go cashless.

You need to sign up for Toy Library membership to borrow toys.
Lifetime membership costs the princely sum of £1!

Not a member yet? Join on-line through this link: Join the Merry Go Round Toy Library.

Toy Library in action (photo with consent of the adults involved)

Merry Go Round Toy Library, has been running out of Ross St Community Centre since the 1990s.

On Monday 25th April 2022, BBC Radio Cambridgeshire’s Jeremy Sallis interviewed Rachel Edwards of Merry Go Round Toy Library.

To listen to the interview, click on this image of Jeremy Sallis as Superman.
Note this toy is not available from Merry Go Round Toy Library

Because of the intervention of Covid-19, the Toy Library had a very long break, and they not only want to build up a greater membership, but are also hoping to enlist more volunteers to help running sessions.

The more volunteers, the less each one has to do: anything from setting up, tidying up, helping to make teas/coffees, booking out and returning toys or even being a marketing mogul are all welcome. You can use this link – Volunteering for Merry Go Round Toy Library – to enquire.

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5 April 2022 21:15

Brilliant idea looks fun from photos

Carol Ann Wood
Carol Ann Wood
5 April 2022 18:24

It’s such a fabulous idea. How I wish I’d had access to something like this as an impoverished young mum in the early 1980s. There were not so many charity shops around back then. This also gives parents the opportunity to let their child try out a new type of toy at home before deciding if it’s something they may like to buy for them to keep. Sometimes what a child might say they long for can be quickly discarded!

Stuart Moore
Stuart Moore
5 April 2022 17:38

We use it and it’s great – a wonderful way to have a variety of toys without massive cost or storage problems!

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